Great British Baking Show (GBBS) Test Prep
My favorite Netflix show is the Great British Baking Show (GBBS). Every time I get overwhelmed with studying I play the dulcet, sophisticated tones of the English bakers as they gracefully take on challenges. The longer I have watched the show, the more life skills I have picked up and implemented into my daily habits, especially studying. In this essay, I will describe my “Five Great British Baking Studies” that have helped me combat my bad study habits.
Watch for Humidity
As the bakers in GBBS always bake in a tent outdoors, the weather plays a factor in their bakes. If they are baking on a day that is extremely hot or humid, they must alter their bakes accordingly. While most people have the option of choosing where they study, make sure your environment is conducive to what you are studying. If you are going to be doing a lot of reading – find a quiet space. If you are planning on studying with friends – find a place where you can all fit comfortably and have room to spread out your materials. More on Study Environment
Proving – Take Breaks
Judge Paul Hollywood throughout the seasons has constantly stressed the importance of the correct amount of time to prove a dough. Proving dough means allowing is to rest before baking, this gives the gluten a chance to develop and improve the quality of the finished product. Everyone talks about study breaks – so I won’t spend a large amount of time on the subject. Basically, too short of a prove and the dough will lose its shape and become flat, too long of a prove and the dough will be tough. Make sure when you take breaks that you find the perfect balance of time to maintain productivity without forgetting what you just learned.
One of the bakers’ biggest fears is producing a stodgy cake. Stodgy means that the cake mix was over-mixed and as a result: the cake is dense. In terms of studying, over-working your brain by cramming too much will make you feel weighed-down by the information. Find the right amount of studying time and the appropriate amount of information intake, and you will be set (like a nice layer of mousse)!
Meet the Challenge
Occasionally, the bakers will produce great results; however, they do not meet the challenge and are in danger of being eliminated. Focus on what your professors want in terms of answer length, information, and presentation. Even if you write an amazing paper, if it is over the wrong subject or exceeds the paper limit you could suffer a lower grade. What your Prof wants to see
Each season begins with 13 new bakers, a baker’s dozen. As they go through challenges together, the bakers bond and help each other when they struggle. While I do not recommend studying with 13 people, find a few classmates who you can study with and have some fun with it! More on forming a study group
Add these ingredients to your study recipe and you could be Star Baker!
Written by: Ryen Macy
Scholarship Essay 2018-2019